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Our History

Celebrating Tradition & Setting New Standards in Funeral Service

The Locust Grove Funeral Home was established in 1998 by Joe Caldwell and Rick Stephens. The funeral home was originally located in the historic McMullen home located at the corner of Ross and Wyandotte. Our facilities are currently located at 608 East Joe Koelsch Drive, just west of Leonard Yarborough Stadium, home of Locust Grove Pirate Football.

Locust Grove Funeral Home was founded on the basis of being a full service funeral establishment committed to providing sincere, quality service at an affordable price. In July of 2004, Joe Caldwell made the decision to retire from the funeral business and pursue other endeavors. Mr. Caldwell and Mr. Stephens felt the necessity to find a funeral professional to carry on the business in a way that would benefit the community, as well as the business.

In early August of 2004, Shawn and Melissa Bates chose to return to Locust Grove. Their family became very excited about purchasing the Locust Grove Funeral Home. Their commitment lies within providing service that is not comparable in the community of Locust Grove.

Locust Grove Funeral Home offers to the public numerous funeral options, from burial to cremation. Pre-arrangement options of all kinds are also available. Locust Grove Funeral Home also can assist you in purchasing memorial stones and securing cemetery property. Above all, this family operated establishment offers personalization options that help to make the funeral process a time of remembrance for that special person. From personalized caskets to video tributes. We make our video tributes available to the public for any occasion (ie: weddings, graduations, etc.).

Our new facilities offer to the public large viewing and visitation areas, as well as a chapel. We are also proud to offer to our families a dining area that is available to serve a meal, whether it be catered or pot-luck. This makes us unique to the area and more attuned to what the families we serve are in need of. These types of offerings brings to mind the nostalgia of the “old time” funeral home, back when the business was a family operation in the home. We are able to accommodate all families at any given time. Our funeral home is available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Our vision is to be able to offer our families the best in quality service, as well as facilities. Just as the people of this area have given their trust to Locust Grove Funeral Home, we want to give back by providing the best in funeral service care. We encourage all to come by and visit.

As you read the following biographies of our staff, you will see that we are hometown people serving you.